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July 29, 2018

Laura Lavigne is one of my amazing teammates from The Pollination Project’s Global Kindness Program. She lives about 90 minutes north of Seattle – where we would be spending a weekend with Zack’s brother. When Laura told me that they were having their annual Gratitude...

July 25, 2018

At my last work conference before I left the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, I was sitting with my team when someone brought out a package of squeaky toy frogs. She gave each of us a frog and told us to keep it on our desks as a reminder to “e...

July 22, 2018

Friday, July 20th marked the halfway point of The Smile Project Road Trip. It also served as a tangible break for the both of us. After 28 days together, we split up for the weekend – Zack to visit a friend in San Jose, and myself to attend a retreat for The Pollinatio...

July 18, 2018

The working hypothesis of the trip was this: No matter what we look like, what we believe in, who we voted for, or where we live, human kindness and human decency is something that runs through all of us. People want to be good to each other.

In Midland, Texas, we staye...

July 15, 2018

There’s not a whole lot of “common fears” that get me. I love public speaking. I’ve been skydiving. Snakes and spiders don’t really faze me and I actually enjoy watching the needle when I’m giving blood. All that said, I am phobia-level terrified of bees.

I’ve written a...

July 11, 2018

When we were planning the trip, and orchestrating our kindness activities, I told Zack we would have “fillers.” On National Park Days, heavy driving days, or days where we didn’t have a set service project, we would find what we dubbed, “fillers.” These are the kindnes...

July 8, 2018

We’ve stayed with friends and family and coworkers. We’ve been in Airbnbs and in a tent. And everywhere we’ve gone has felt like home.

More often than not on this trip, I’ve found myself making notes to Zack (Marketing and Logistics Manager) along the lines of, “when we...

July 4, 2018

I am extremely fortunate to be part of The Pollination Project’s Global Kindness Team.

The Pollination Project makes daily seed grants to inspiring social change-makers who are committed to a world that works for all. The Pollination Project works in many cause spaces –...

July 1, 2018

When my parents were 26 and newly married, they moved to Jackson, Mississippi for my father’s work. My parents are both from western Pennsylvania, both educated at Clarion University, and both had strong family ties to the greater Pittsburgh area. I can’t imagine makin...

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